Cultural Assumption 3

As I progress through the book I have noticed my third and final cultural assumption, the assumption Is that orphans don’t really belong or people who have been born into the lower class and have no family are a burden to the community. Dickens shows this assumption through the plot of the novel especially the orientation when we first meet Pip, for example he shows this by having a character who is an orphan and is often seen as an outsider. Dickens also gives evidence of this assumption through the creation of the character Pip. "'…who brought you up by hand?' 'You did' said I. ' and why did I do it, I should like to know?' exclaimed my sister. I whimpered 'I don’t know' 'I don’t know!' said my sister. 'I'd never do it again!' " This shows us that his own flesh and blood, his sister felt like he wasn’t hers to help and he had no right to feel as if he belonged with her and her family. Pip's sister treats him as if he is a burden and in fact has a strong belief that he should be grateful that she took him under her wing. I believe that this assumption is unkind and cruel, to tell another human being that since he has lost his parents that no one will ever want them and that they don’t belong. Is unreasonably degrading and destroys your confidence. Dickens shows that during this era orphans were outsiders, in fact if you didn’t fit society's criteria you were excluded and shunned. Dickens shows us this through the social hierarchy of that particular era. Dickens didn’t shed much light onto this particular assumption, however he did use his opportunity to create a character who we as an audience can relate to and empathise with.  Dickens did not challenge this assumption, he actually accepted it, he did this by taking the audience on a rollercoaster. The rollercoaster is in fact Pip's quest to belong whether it be as a gentleman or just at home, but in the end he never did, he just learned to embrace his true self.

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2 years ago

I enjoyed reading through your tackk and discovering the cultural assumption of orphans and their place in society at the time. After reading this tackk, I have noticed that our novels probably dont have similar cultural assumptions.